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Observership Program Listings for International Medical Graduates

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Observerships are designed to help international medical graduates (IMGs) adapt to the practice of medicine in the United States. Review the list of observerships that have registered with the AMA.

Somerset Family Medicine American Observership

Length of Program

1 month with option to extend up to 3 months

Preceptor: Neil Jaddou, MD

Dr. Jaddou is board certified in family medicine. He is an assistant professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at University William Beaumont School of Medicine and Wayne State University Medical School. He is also part of the medical staff at William Beaumont Hospital, St. John's Hospital, Henry Ford Hospital and Detroit Hospital.

Program Overview

Somerset Family Medicine American Observership/Externship program is an outpatient program that concentrates on training International Medical Graduates (IMG), medical students and nurse practitioners to learn the U.S. health system. Letters of recommendation (LOR) and a certificate of completion may be obtained for ERAS application.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Utilize Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
  • Interview patients
  • Perform physical examinations
  • Attend lectures on common medical problems
  • Understand how to check vitals, EKG, UA and PFT
  • Attend evening conferences
  • Improve scores on United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 2 CS and CK
  • Increase chances of acceptance for residencies

Contact: Find more information and to apply at Somerset Family Medicine.

Bridgeport Family Medicine

Length of program

1 month with option to extend up to 3 months

Preceptor: Awais Malik, MD

Dr. Malik is a board-certified family medicine physician with over 12 years of practice and experience in teaching. Dr. Malik is an attending physician at Yale New Haven Hospital, Bridgeport Hospital and Norwalk Hospital.

Program Overview

Bridgeport Family Medicine is an outpatient primary and urgent care facility located in the heart of Bridgeport, Connecticut. The facility offers:

  • Full-scope family medicine andprimary care 
  • Same-day appointments for walk-in and urgent care needs
  • Community involvement and outreach 
  • Physical exams
  • Travel vaccines
  • Drug testing for DOT, immigration, schools and colleges 
  • Specialization in tick-borne diseases including Lyme, Babesia, Ehrlichia and Bartonella
  • Hands-on outpatient American healthcare experience

Participants who complete the observership will receive a certificate of completion and a letter of recommendation from the preceptor.

Learn how to apply to Bridgeport Family Medicine through the U.S. Medical Extern program. For further inquiries, please send an email to [email protected]

Drexel Medicine® Physician Refresher/Re-entry Preceptorship

Drexel University College of Medicine has a tuition-based structured preceptorship/observership for IMGs preparing for a U.S. residency. Preceptorships are offered in internal medicine, pediatrics, OB-GYN, surgery and anesthesia. Rotations are all on the main university campus in Philadelphia.

Length of Program

6-week rotations; repeatable once. The course starts on the 1st Monday of every month and is first come, first serve. The application process takes 4–6 weeks.

Program Overview

  • Attend inpatient and outpatient rounds, core conferences, lecture and learn about medical care in the United States
  • Attend didactics: morning reports, noon reports, grand rounds and clinical case discussions
  • Homework will be assigned to hone in on medical knowledge, clinical reasoning and communication skills
  • Meet weekly with preceptor to review the exercises and receive feedback

Find more details on the program or call (215) 762-2580.

American Association of Physicians of Indian origin (AAPI) Clinical Observership Program

The purpose of the AAPI program is to familiarize new IMGs with the style of practice of American medicine.

Length of Program

12 weeks

  • Selected candidates rotate with four different preceptors, 3 weeks each, for a total of 12 weeks.
  • Upon completion of the program, AAPI and the local chapter will obtain evaluation forms from the precepting physicians, and candidates will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

For more information and to apply for the program, visit AAPI.

International Observership Program

Allegheny General and West Penn hospitals host observers from around the world. This program was designed for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, medical students, physiotherapists, technologists, technicians and health administrators.

Length of Program

4 weeks

The observership is a specific exchange program in which the observer accompanies the medical staff through their daily hospital routine, sharing experiences with doctors, residents, staff and students. This program is not for academic credit.

Program Overview

  • Observation of the clinical care of patients.
  • Participation in lectures, grand round and other related events.
  • No privileges are granted to participate in the clinical treatment of patients to assist in any medical procedures, test or surgeries.

For inquiries about international educational opportunities available through Allegheny General, call International Services (412) 359-5269 or email [email protected].

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